Weather was an issue all around the eastern US last week, but the Hillcats avoided the worst of it, only losing their game on May 29th and getting shortened to six innings on May 28th. When they did play, they had some extreme highs and lows, losing two games by a combined score of 12-0 between a pair of wins where they outscored their opponents 13-7. Last night, they were the only Indians affiliate (including the big league squad) to manage to get their game in and they played a few extra innings to make up for the lost baseball around the league, losing 3-2 in 11. In positive injury news, Korey Holland has returned to the line-up for the first time since May 11 and Jhonkensy Noel is slated to return this weekend after being hit by a pitch on the hand on May 23.
Week in Review
5/27 – W 5-2 @ Delmarva – W: Vinicio: L: Peek, S: Ramirez
5/28 – L 4-0 (6) @ Delmarva – W: Rodriguez, L: Jones, S: Lyons
5/29 – Postponed @ Delmarva (Make-up 7/21)
5/30 – L 8-0 @ Delmarva – W: Young, L: Wolf
6/1 – W 7-5 vs Salem – W: Curry, L: Drohan, S: Ramirez
6/2 – L 3-2 (11) vs Salem – W: Scroggins, L: Misiaszek, S: Roedahl
Player of the Week
2B Angel Martinez – 6/20, 1 2B, 2 HR, BB
Martinez started this week off right with a home run on a full count to lead off the game on August 27th against Salem. He added a double and another run in the eighth in that game and a single the next day. After an 0 for 3 (with a walk), he added two more hits including his third home run of the season on June 1. He hit a single in that game as well and another Wednesday night to go .300/.364/.650 on the week and is now hitting .292/.425/.538 for the year.
RP Jerson Ramirez – 2 G, 4.1 IP, 3K, BB, 2 H, ER, 2 SV
Ramirez continues to be an incredibly effective reliever for the Hillcats and he nabbed two more saves last week in two different ways. In the very strange May 27th game against the Shore Birds, starter Sergio Morillo went just 1.2 innings and was picked up by Miguel Vinicio for 4.1 innings. Ramirez then came in for the seventh with a one run lead and stuck around for the duration, earning a three inning save. His next time out was June 1st and he was again called on for multiple innings. This time, he had a three run lead when he replaced Daritzon Feliz, who was injured with two outs in the eighth. He stranded two inherited runners that inning, then allowed two doubles for his only earned run of the week in the ninth as he held onto a two run lead for the save.
SP Xzavion Curry – 1 GS, 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 K, 0 BB
Coming off his worst start of the season (and thus his career), Curry came back big with his start on June 1. He pitched a perfect first, then was put in a difficult situation when Yordys Valdes committed an error to start off the second. After a double, the unearned run scored, but Curry was able to quickly get out of the inning. He gave up a single in the third and then didn’t give up another baserunner until he allowed another single to lead off the sixth. Curry was promoted to Lake County on Wednesday night.
CF Alexfri Planez – 3/16, 2 HR, 5 RBI
A week after landing in the “Who’s Not” section, Planez used one great game to flip things around. Against the Red Sox on June 1, Planez went deep twice, first with a grand slam in the fourth, then with a solo shot in the sixth that was followed by a homer from Angel Martinez one out later. His runs batted in more than made the difference in the game as Lynchburg won by two. What is crazy is that other than the power, Planez hasn’t provided much value and had a .176/.176/.529 batting line over the last week and a .163/.191/.349 line for the season.
SP Josh Wolf – 1 GS – 0.1 IP, 5 ER, 2 BB, HBP, 3 H
Wolf has played to both extremes during his short time in Lynchburg following his acquisition from New York in the Francisco Lindor deal. Last week, he was one of the top Hillcats with a four inning shut out. This week, he couldn’t make it past the first out on May 30th. He hit the first batter of the game then allowed a single, passed ball, walk, single, double steal (including Gunnar Henderson taking home), another walk and another single before finally recording the first out of the inning. After the pop out, Trey Benton came in to attempt to finish the first, but walked two more to tag on one more earned run to Wolf’s line before striking out the last two. Wolf now has a 7.94 ERA across four starts and 11.1 innings with Lynchburg.
OF John Rodriguez – 3/15 – 2 BB, 5 K, 0 XBH, 1 R, 1 RBI
After hitting three doubles in the span of four games (during which he slugged .529), Rodriguez is right back where he started the season, hitting .200/.294/.200 over his last five games. On a positive note, his ninth inning, two out RBI single Wednesday night tied the game and pushed it into extra innings. This is Rodriguez’s fifth season in the Indians organization and, while he has been a decent hitter overall, these lengthy down turns and lack of power are disturbing.
6/3 vs Salem
6/4 vs Salem
6/5 vs Salem
6/6 vs Salem
6/8 vs Delmarva
6/2 vs Delmarva